CityBeat - City Desk http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-238-1-city_desk.html <![CDATA[Requiem Project Files New Suit Against UC over Emery Theatre - ]]>

The nonprofit Requiem Project filed a new lawsuit Jan. 14 against the University of Cincinnati over the right to renovate the long-neglected Emery Theatre in Over-the-Rhine.

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<![CDATA[US Supreme Court to Hear Ohio Gay Marriage Case - ]]>

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Jan. 16 that it will hear arguments about gay marriage bans in Ohio and three other states this spring, lining up what could be a precedent-setting legal battle over the bans.

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<![CDATA[Ohio Drops Two-Drug Death Penalty Method, Delays Execution - ]]>

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction announced Jan. 8 that the state will stop using an execution method that utilizes a combination of the sedative midazolam and the painkiller hydromorphone.

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<![CDATA[Sen. Sherrod Brown Proposes Payday Loan Alternative Bill - ]]>

Ohio’s Democrat Senator Sherrod Brown has introduced a bill that would allow some taxpayers to get a cash advance on their income tax returns instead of turning to so-called payday loan businesses that charge interest rates as high as 500 percent.

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<![CDATA[Ohio Supreme Court: No Jail for Tracie Hunter During Appeal - ]]>

The Ohio Supreme Court Dec. 26 upheld former Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Tracie Hunter’s request for a stay on her six-month sentence until after an appeal of her felony conviction can be heard.

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<![CDATA[Kings Mills Teen Killed on I-71 Committed Suicide Over Transgender Status - ]]>

A King’s Mills teen committed suicide Dec. 28 after a long struggle with depression over her inability to find acceptance as a transgender woman.

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<![CDATA[Cranley Removes Planning Commission Head - ]]>

Mayor John Cranley recently announced he is replacing Planning Commission Chair Caleb Faux with former Pleasant Ridge Community Council President Dan Driehaus.

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<![CDATA[Proposal Would Make Violence Against Homeless a Hate Crime - ]]>

A proposed city ordinance could add homeless people to groups protected by hate crime laws, making Cincinnati one of just three cities to do so.

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<![CDATA[Local, National Protests Continue over Racial Injustices - ]]>

Protests in Cincinnati and across the country continue to take place over racially charged shooting deaths of unarmed black citizens and a lack of indictments for the police officers responsible for them.

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<![CDATA[Cincinnati Police to Equip Officers with Body Cameras - ]]>

Cincinnati’s 600-strong uniformed police force will eventually be equipped with body cameras after a seven-month pilot program involving West Side officers wrapped up last week.

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<![CDATA[DOJ Hammers Cleveland Police Department Use of Force - ]]>

The Department of Justice released a report Dec. 4 detailing its 18-month investigation of the Cleveland Police Department’s use of force.

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<![CDATA[Greenpeace Protesters Offered Plea Deal - ]]>

Prosecutors have offered seven of the Greenpeace activists arrested for hanging banners from Procter & Gamble headquarters last spring a plea deal that would cut charges against the group.

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<![CDATA[State Renews License for Cincinnati’s Only Abortion Clinic - ]]>

Cincinnati’s last remaining clinic providing abortions will stay open, Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio announced Nov. 20.

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<![CDATA[Council Passes Streetcar Funding, Operating Agreements - ]]>

Cincinnati City Council on Nov. 19 passed operating and funding agreements for the city’s streetcar, a milestone for the contested project.

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<![CDATA[Neighborhood Clean-Up Program Targets Walnut Hills Eyesore - ]]>

A pedestrian walkway between McMillian Street and Curtis Street in Walnut Hills called the St. James Cut Through has long been a community eyesore and crime hot spot.

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<![CDATA[Council Commits to Doubling Human Services Fund - ]]>

City Council on Nov. 13 unanimously passed a motion committing $1.5 million more to the city’s Human Services fund in its next budget, doubling the fund’s size.

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<![CDATA[Ohio Considers Making Providers of Execution Drugs Secret - ]]>

Conservative lawmakers in Ohio’s General Assembly are pushing a new bill, HB 663, that would exempt from public records laws details about those who supply lethal injection drugs to the state.

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<![CDATA[Federal Court Upholds Region’s Same-Sex Marriage Bans - ]]>

The Cincinnati-based 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 6 upheld laws banning same-sex marriage in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee. 

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<![CDATA[Cranley, Portune Propose Shared Services Task Force - ]]>

Mayor John Cranley and Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune on Nov. 10 proposed creating a task force that could help the city and county governments share services.

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<![CDATA[City Passes Regulations on Rideshare Companies - ]]>

City Council voted Oct. 29 to approve rules governing ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft, marking the first time since the companies came here in March that they’ve been regulated by the city.

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